Although Pakistan failed to make it to the semi-finals they can still exit from the World Cup with their heads held high. One of the biggest positives for Pakistan to take from this mega-event is fast-bowler, Shaheen Afridi.
The young pacer took full advantage of cricket’s biggest event to showcase his immense talent and potential. Coming at the back of impressive performances against New Zealand and Afghanistan, Shaheen took the center stage again versus Bangladesh.
During the match against Bangladesh, the teenage pace sensation became the youngest ever player to take five wickets in a World Cup match. Shaheen surpassed Kenya’s Collins Obuya, who in 2003 World Cup had got 5 wickets against Sri Lanka at the age of 21 years 212 days.
He made it to the limited-overs Honours Board at Lord’s by returning with figures of 6 for 35 from 9.1 overs and became the first teenage bowler to take 16 wickets in the World Cup. The 19-year-old’s bowling figures 6-35 are also the best for any Pakistan left-arm bowler in ODI history.